Have you been watching the Olympics, dear readers? Have you been saying to yourself, Yes, this triumph of the human spirit is all very well, and the things these people can accomplish while awash in lactic acid are remarkable, and the amount of body waxing undertaken by ice dancers is truly astonishing, but what I really want to know is this: HOW are Jamie Gladly's TEFKAR knitting projects coming along? Did she conquer that little sweater that went from vexing to utterly intolerable, or did she stab herself in the eye with a DPN/strangle herself with some superwash in an effort to avoid the disgrace of failing to complete the event?
I'm so glad you asked! I did indeed finish half of the projects I had on the needles, but not quite the half I expected. I did indeed finish my nephew's sweater, although the finished project contains a substantial fraction of my leached-out will to live. This sweater, man. It was one thing after another, culminating in the moment when I CUT A BIG HOLE in the cable panel with my very own scissors. But I? Prevailed. And? I timed the completion so I don't have to take it to the post office. That's Olympic spirit for you, I'm telling you. Details and pictures here for the knitters.
Dishcloths for our newly married favorite babysitter should have been a gimme. I just needed to weave in the ends. I wanted to glue them in place because cotton yarn + frequent washings = reappearing ends. My fabric glue is drying out, though, which makes using it trickier. During the Olympics I spent an absurd number of days thinking, "You should suck it up and find a toothpick or something. But fabric glue feels so icky when you get it on your fingers. Let's deal with that tomorrow." I finally smacked this one down during the closing ceremonies. Let's award me an 11 for procrastination and move along, shall we?
The surprise contender in this year's Games was a scarf I'd had languishing on the needles since June. I frogged it once to add garter borders. If I were really dedicated I would frog it again to knit it with three pattern repeats per row instead of four. It could use the extra length. Honestly, I don't see that happening.
The happiest project of the four was my mystery shawl. Dernit, I thought I had told you all about my mystery shawl in progress (sunshine, daffodils, trilobites), but a quick search fails to ratify this memory of mine and I don't have time for a longer search. Anyway: Ysolda did a mystery knitalong. I love her patterns and I am a sucker for a good MKAL. After some weirdness (on the pattern's part) and disgruntlement (on mine), the fifth clue was awesome (albeit lengthy) and all is forgiven.
Everything I have on the needles now is a big project. I am declaring this week Sweater Week. I'll let you know how it goes.